Marquis de Lafayette Walter (Lafe), 86, of Ashland, Kentucky passed away at the Hospice Community Care Center in Ashland on March 12, 2017 after a long illness.
Lafe was born to the late Lawson Wadsworth and Thelma Lora Chandler Walter on September 12, 1930, in Beaver, Ohio.
In 1946, at the age of 15, he joined the United States Army where he was a Private assigned to the 711th Airborne Ordinance Maintenance Company and trained as a parachutist. He served in Japan post-war.
He received an Honorable Discharge in 1947 where he received two service medals, the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.
After the war, Lafe returned to school and graduated in 1949 from Ashland High School where he was active in Tomcat sports. He later received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marshall University and his Master’s Degree from Morehead State University. In 1956, Lafe started his career at Fairview High School teaching Art and was an assistant coach before moving to Tampa, Florida in 1958 where he continued teaching and was a coach at Adams Junior High School.
In 1966, he returned to Fairview High School for one year before he accepted a position at Russell High School where he taught health and physical education and began coaching the Russell Red Devils. He later held the position of Athletic Director at Russell until his retirement in 1988. He is in both the Fairview and Russell Hall of Fame. Lafe was a Kentucky Colonel; a member of the Kentucky Association of Retired Teachers, Kentucky Association of Athletic Directors, Rotary Club, Elks Club, and belonged to Oak Springs United Baptist Church but attended Central Baptist Church in South Ashland.
Mr. Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Lawson Wadsworth and Thelma Lora Walter, a grandson, James Russell “Rusty” Burke, a sister, Norida Nan Walter Nipp, and brothers John Paul, Wendell Jack, and Richard Brockton Walter.
Mr. Walter is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Jo Runyon Walter; his eight children, John, Mark (Pam), Jacque (Dale), Jeanie (Jon), Jim (Amy), Beverly, Danny (Julie), and Mary Beth; twelve grandchildren, Angela (Matt), Cristin (Chris), Matthew (Angie), Mandee, Anna, Bonnie, Shelby, Zachary, Ryan (Bridget), Samantha, Tori, and Trent; 17 great grandchildren, Malia, Alayna, Isaiah, Noah, Sydney, Anniston, Paisley, Tyler, Micah, Austin, Madison, Nathan, Ben, Ryleigh, Levi, Lexi, and Brenton; two brothers, William Grady Walter (Sue), Theodore “Ted” Walter (Patsy); three sisters-in-law, Sylvia Walter, Jenny Walter, and Carole Walter; and one brother-in-law, Bob Nipp. Other surviving in-laws include Linda Moore (Steve), Fred Runyon (Susan), and Jack Runyon. Lafe is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended loved ones.
Lafe enjoyed reading, horse racing, playing cards and bingo, watching Kentucky basketball and football, but most of all, he loved traveling with his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland, Kentucky.
His final resting place is in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland w/military rites by the Kenova American Legion Post 93 and U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Rusty Burke Scholarship Fund. Checks may be made payable to The Rusty Burke Scholarship Fund and mailed to 2200 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky, 41101.
Jack Hufford Albert of Edgewood Summit in Charleston, died Friday, March 10 at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Jack was born in Charleston, WV, on November 16, 1926, son of the late William Frank and Ruth Ella Gilley Albert.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Betty E. (Totsy) Albert, sister’s Jean Albert, Louise Namey, Ernestine Foote, Nancy Brown and brother Wm. Frank (Corky) Albert.
Surviving in addition to his three sons; Dr. Jack H. Albert, Jr.(Betty), Delafield, Wisconsin; Frederick Ray Albert, Charleston, West Virginia; and Timothy Allen Albert(Debbie), Ashland, Kentucky; are four grandchildren, Matthew S. Albert, Madison, Wisconsin; Ashley Davis, Charlotte, North Carolina; Amanda Hopper, Ironton, Ohio and Sara Albert Wears, Deston, Kentucky; Thirteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers, James Albert, Jensen Beach, Florida; Michael Albert, St. Albans, West Virginia, and sisters, Lois Spurlock, Ellijay, Georgia; and Carol Smolen, Anderson, South Carolina.
Albert was a member of the greatest generation serving his nation in WWII in the Army Air Corps and the Medic Corps. He was a chemist by profession, working for E. I. DuPont de Nemours at the Belle Works Plant in a career spanning 44 years. He was active in his community as former President of his Lions Club, service as a Boy Scout leader to include assistant scout master in WWII until well into his 70’s as scout master, and member of his local scout board. Some regarded Jack as a bit of an activist, often bringing conscious thought to his community with well written newspaper editorials.
Originally appointed by West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton, Jack was still serving on the West Virginia Commission for Housing and Manufacturing, having most recently been reappointed to a six-year term.
He was an extraordinary fly fisherman and enjoyed and protected the beauty of God’s abundant nature.
Jack Albert had been a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church and provided ministerial leadership to a number of rural pastorates in West Virginia as well as being Chaplain for Thomas Memorial Hospital. Pastoral ministry was a call on his life, and most recently he provided monthly worship services to his friends at Edgewood Summit.
Always a student of the scriptures, Jack Albert is respected for his thoughtful teaching and guidance, often remembered for his dedicated and diligent preparation for lessons and sermons. His commitment to his faith showed us all what it really meant to “walk the talk.” His son’s tell us he died as he lived, rejoicing in the loving grace of God.
Jack was a 1944 graduate of DuPont High School and studied in later years at both West Virginia State University, and Duke University. A consummate student he was particularly interested in his family heritage. His fourth generation grandfather, Jacob Allen Albert, Sr. was a Revolutionary War soldier who wintered at Washington’s Pennsylvania encampment, making Albert a direct descendant of a Survivor of Valley Forge; an honor for which he was especially proud.
A celebration of the life of Jack Hufford Albert was officiated by the Rev. Dr. Jay Perkins at the Church Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Interment followed at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans with full military honors.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, one might memorialize the life of their Dad, by contributing to one of the ministries of Christ Church United Methodist.
Robert Earl "Bobby" Cordle, 49 of Ashland, KY went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Kings Daughter Medical Center in Ashland, KY.
He was born September 8, 1967 in Russell, KY; a son of Virginia Ann Oney Cordle of Ashland, KY and the late Raymond G. Cordle.
Bobby was a member of the Ashland Pentecostal Holiness Church and attended a hand full of other churches throughout the week. He knew no stranger and was loved by everyone he came in contact with.
In addition to his loving mother, Bobby is survived by two brothers, Clifford Cordle and his wife Penny of Ashland, KY and Gregory Cordle and his wife Lois of Ashland, KY; one sister, Linda Evans and her husband Ron of Ashland, KY; one nephew, Ronnie Ray Evans II and his wife Lisa of Ashland, KY; two great nephews, one great niece and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Flatwoods Pentecostal Holiness Tabernacle in Flatwoods, KY with ministers Lloyd L. Bailey and Ronnie Ray Evans II officiating.
Burial followed at Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland, KY.
Bailey Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Charles H. Brown, 92, of Flatwoods, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, in Wurtland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Hunnewell, a son of the late George and Elizabeth Wooten Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Frances Adkins Brown; and a son, Paul Lee Brown.
Charles was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S.S. Ponaganset.
Mr. Brown was a farmer who loved to hunt, fish and serve people. He retired from Armco in Ashland in 1992. He was a former mayor of the city of Wurtland, former president of Wurtland Lions Club, City Commissioner, Secretary Treasurer of Wurtland Fire Department, Wurtland Band Boosters, Greenup Band Boosters and a Kentucky colonel.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mazie S. Brewer Brown of Flatwoods; four sons, Charles E. Brown of Greenup, Michael Brown of Wurtland, Kenneth Brown of Hunnewell, and Herbert (Carol) Brown of Wurtland; three daughters, Deborah (Jim) Brown of Hunnewell, Kennetha (Donald) Olden of Fort Washington, and Rita (Larry) Fraley of Flatwoods; three stepchildren, Hurlden (Eileen) Evans of Cape Coral, Fla., Kenneth (Irma) Evans of Nicholasville, and Rick (Kim) Wilburn of Grayson; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Elwood Brown of Hunnewell; two sisters, Grace Haskins of Ironton, Ohio, and Christine Cannon of Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 17, 2017, at Wurtland Nazarene Church with Pastor Scott Hill officiating.
Burial was in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County.
Bailey Family Funeral Home was in Flatwoods in charge of services.
Condolences may be left at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com
Kathleen Moore, 89, of South Shore, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell.
She was born June 16, 1927, in Lynn, a daughter of the late David Fullerton Moore and Alfa Farley Moore.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Large; and four brothers, Eddie Ray Moore, Donald Moore, Earnest Moore and David Moore.
She retired as a clerk from the former H.L. Green Sundry Store in Portsmouth, Ohio.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Moore Rowe of South Shore; five grandchildren, Vallace (Kayce) Rowe, Hiawatha T. (Missy) Rowe, Darren Rowe, Christie Rowe and Kathie (Allen) Branham, all of South Shore; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Morton Funeral Home in South Shore with Kenny Large officiating. Burial will be in Moore Family Cemetery in Lynn.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Marcella Ann Darnell, 76 of Lloyd KY passed gently at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Lloyd where she loved children and teaching her ladies in Sunday School. She loved God more and more every day and was a faithful servant of her Lord Jesus for well over 50 years.
She was born in Blanchester Ohio on October 11, 1940 a daughter of the late Fillard and Annabelle Thompson Tolle.
She was preceded in death along with her parents by her husband of 54 years, Vernon Thomas Darnell; a sister, Connie Tolle; a step daughter and son and law, Velma and Ray Nickel and a sister in law, Audrey Boyle.
She is survived by eight children, Lora Lands, Lainie Darnell, Kathy (Johnnie) Adams, Hannah Darnell and Abby Darnell all of Lloyd, Rhonda Heck of Ashland, Paul Darnell of Portsmouth and Julie Darnell of Lebanon OH; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be at Noon Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Lloyd KY.
Burial will follow at the Brick Union Cemetery in Lloyd.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Monday, March 20 at Wright’s Funeral Home in Greenup and one hour before the funeral on Tuesday at the church.
Lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Lloyd in Marcella’s honor.
Online condolences may be made at www.wrightsfuneralhome.com.